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2014.07.23 05:26:03

Air France suspends all flights to Tel Aviv due to security situation.

The decision was taken by the company's security division and will come into effect immediately and remain until further notice.


  Gaza | Israel
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2014.07.23 05:24:57

The Security Council has been meeting to discuss the crisis in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, called on the Security Council to stop what he described as "Israel's slaughter of innocent people".


  Gaza | Israel
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2014.07.23 05:24:01

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned US airlines from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours  following a rocket strike near Tel Aviv's main airport.

In a statement, the US government agency said its prohibition applied only to US air carriers, and that "updated instructions" would be issued "as soon as conditions permit."

Delta, US Airways and United Airlines had earlier halted flights to and from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.

[AFP]


  Gaza | Israel | United States
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2014.07.23 05:22:31

The Palestinian leadership proposed to Egypt a plan for a Gaza cease-fire to be followed by five days of negotiations to stop the conflict in Gaza, Palestinian official Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday.

The Palestinian leadership offered a new suggestion in the framework of the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire followed immediately by negotiations lasting five days.

[Reuters]


  Gaza | Israel | Hamas | Egypt
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2014.07.23 05:20:44

Delta Air Lines cancels all flights to Israel indefinitely, cites report of rocket near Tel Aviv airport. [AP]


  Gaza | Israel
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2014.07.23 05:19:57

The AFP news agency is reporting that a series of Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip has killed six people.

An elderly woman and her brother were among those killed in three separate raids targeting Bureij and Al-Maghazi in central Gaza, and Rafah in the south, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.


  Gaza | Israel
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2014.07.23 05:18:56

Senior US intelligence officials said they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

They said the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and that Russia "created the conditions" for the downing by arming the separatists. [AP]


  Ukraine | Russia | United States
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2014.07.23 05:11:02

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint media conference in Tel Aviv with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Netanyahu says the international community must hold Hamas accountable for rejecting multiple cease-fire offers and continuing its attacks against Israeli civilians.

Ban Ki-Moon calls for an immediate end to rocket attacks on Israel which he strongly condemns.


  Gaza | Israel | Benjamin Netanyahu | Ban Ki-moon
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2014.07.23 05:09:09

The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims on Tuesday.

US lawmakers, meanwhile, pushed for a stronger response to the July 17 shutdown of the airliner over an area controlled by pro-Russia separatists.

Obama visited the Netherlands Embassy in Washington to sign the book. Of the 298 people killed in the crash, 193 were Dutch.

[Reuters]


  Ukraine | Russia | United States
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2014.07.23 05:07:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that an initiative from Egypt is the framework to end the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

There is a framework to end the violence and that framework is the Egyptian initiative.


  Gaza | Israel | Hamas | Egypt | United States | John Kerry
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2014.07.23 05:05:09

International investigators still need "immediate and full access" to the site of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed news that victims' remains were being transferred to the Netherlands but said, "I don't think we've seen yet the level of cooperation with international investigators that we'd like to see."

The United States is continuing to review its sanctions on Russia and would welcome additional steps to impose costs on Russia, particularly from Europe, Earnest told reporters.

[Reuters]


  Ukraine | Russia
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2014.07.23 05:03:30

Another Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza this morning, the army confirmed a few minutes ago, bringing the total military death toll to 28.


  Gaza | Israel
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2014.07.23 05:02:35

Armored personnel carriers and tanks belonging to the Ukrainian armed forces were seen moving in an undisclosed location in the Donetsk Region, 40 km away from its capital, on Monday.

Fighting broke out near the railway station at the heart of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk the same day in what separatists said was an attempt by government forces to seize back the east Ukrainian city.

The government in Kiev denied sending the regular army into the center of Donetsk, which the separatists captured in April, but said small "self-organized" pro-Ukrainian groups were fighting the pro-Russian rebels in the city.

Five people were killed and 12 wounded in clashes near the railway station and close to the airport outside Donetsk, local officials said in the industrial city that was home to about 1 million people before many fled the fighting in the region.

[Reuters]


  Ukraine | Russia
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2014.07.23 05:01:22

Communications minister Gilad Erdan has asked Israeli cable and satellite providers to stop airing Al Jazeera, calling it an "enemy" broadcaster, according to Israeli media reports. The request is not mandatory.


  Gaza | Israel | Al Jazeera
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2014.07.23 04:58:05

Putin says Russia will do everything it can to influence Ukraine separatists to allow for a full investigation into shot down plane, Reuters reports.


  Ukraine | Russia
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2014.07.23 04:57:09

Turkey observes three days of national mourning to stand in solidarity with Palestinian people

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said:

As you are aware, we declared three days of national mourning for the massacre taking place in Palestine and it has started this morning because we consider the people who were killed there as our brothers and sisters. That is our stance. Do not forget that if we keep silent it will be a loss not only for Gaza but it will also be a blow for Turkey's independence.


  Gaza | Israel | Turkey
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2014.07.23 04:55:37

The first bodies from the MH17 crash in Ukraine will be flown to the Netherlands on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mark  Rutte said on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow the first plane (with bodies) will leave for Eindhoven," in the  southern Netherlands, Rutte told journalists after the bodies arrived in  Ukraine's Kharkiv from rebel-held territory.

"Preparations will be made in Kharkiv so that identification can be done in the Netherlands as well as possible," Rutte said.

"As soon as a victim is identified first and foremost the family will be informed and no one else. That can take weeks or months."

[AFP]


  Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands
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2014.07.23 04:50:54

Al Jazeera considers Foreign Minister Avigdor Lierberman's comments as a very serious matter. Israel is accountable for the safety of Al Jazeera teams working in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Gunshots have been fired into Al Jazeera’s bureau in the Gaza Strip a day after Lieberman was quoted by local media as saying his country will work to close down Al Jazeera in Israel.


  Gaza | Israel | Al Jazeera
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2014.07.23 04:48:18

Malaysia said on Tuesday it will keep hold of the black boxes voice and data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 until an international team is formed and will then hand them over.

"The Malaysian team has taken custody of the black boxes, which appear to be in good condition.

They will be held securely in Malaysian custody while the international investigation team is being formalized," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement, Reuters reported.

"At that time, we will pass the black boxes to the international investigation team for further analysis."


  Ukraine | Russia | Malaysia
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2014.07.23 04:18:48

French officials have defended President Francois Hollande's decision to push ahead with delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia in defiance of calls by key allies Britain and the United States.

Speaking on the eve of the EU meeting, Hollande said late on Monday the first Mistral warship would be delivered as planned in October but a decision on a second would depend on Russia's attitude.

It was the clearest signal yet from Paris that it intends to go through with the controversial deal despite the Ukraine crisis and came only hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be "unthinkable" for his country to fulfill such an order.

"Hollande is not backing down. He is delivering the first (ship) despite the fact he is being asked not to," Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, head of Hollande's ruling Socialist Party, told i>Tele television on Tuesday.

"This is a false debate led by hypocrites ... When you see how many (Russian) oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own backyard."

The 1.2-billion-euro ($1.62bn) contract for the two warships, signed by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government in 2011, was the first by a NATO member country to supply Russia with military equipment.

Some 400 Russian sailors arrived in France on June 30 to begin training on the first Mistral.

They are being housed aboard a Russian ship docked in the port of Saint Nazaire.

"Just because the Americans say 'jump' we shouldn't jump," Xavier Bertrand, a former minister under Sarkozy and senior member of his conservative opposition UMP party, told France Inter radio.

"France's word, its signature, must be respected."

[Reuters]


  Ukraine | Russia | France
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